Home-Start Winchester and Districts

The leading family support charity

Having Fun

Winchester Churches Christmas Project

Some of our most needy families were given a substantial sum of money from this project to help pay for Christmas. The mums, together with their volunteers, decided how to spend the money to ensure that all the family benefitted. It was much appreciated by all the families.

Mothers’ Union Holiday

In August Home-Start families enjoyed a week’s holiday in Sussex, courtesy of the Winchester Diocese of the Mothers’ Union. All who participated had a wonderful time – the food was good, they were taken to Brighton Pier where there is a big fair, and the outdoor swimming pool was warm. We are most grateful to the Mothers’ Union for giving such an opportunity to the families who otherwise would not be able to afford a holiday.

Christmas party

A lively Christmas Party became quite magical when Father Christmas arrived with a named gift for each child. It is always a delight to see the expressions on the faces of the children when he calls their names!

Finkley Down Farm

Two minibuses full of families enjoyed a day at Finkley Down Farm. It was perfect for the under fives and everyone enjoyed meeting the animals. These days are also a good way for parents to make proper friendships. We borrowed two minibuses (thank you Prince’s Mead School!) to take those who didn’t have their own transport and more families joined by car.

Fun Day

A Fitness, Fun and Food Day was held at Lanterns in the summer enjoyed by parents and children alike.  We provided a healthy, home-cooked buffet lunch, ran races and the mums enjoyed a Zumba session, while after lunch a magician charmed one and all.

Frequently Asked Questions

In each of the boxes below here is a frequently asked question, click on the title or the small plus symbol on the right of the box to expand it.

Q: I've been referred to Home-Start by my Health Visitor. What happens next?

A: We will make arrangements for our Coordinator to visit you to talk about what help you need and to see how Home-Start could help you.

Q: I'm worried about having a stranger visit to help me. What are the volunteers like?

A: We try very hard to have the ‘right’ volunteer for you. They are all friendly and caring people, selected for their warmth and understanding. We take up references and all our volunteers, trustees and staff are checked through the Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure process. All volunteers attend a forty hour induction course – all to prepare them for meeting and helping you.

Q: What will the volunteer actually do?

A: The volunteer will visit each week for two hours and offer befriending, support and practical help. They will do whatever you find most helpful. e.g. help with appointments, shopping, trips to the park, parent and toddler group – or simply stay at home and spend time with you and the children – like a good friend would.

Q: What if I don't like my volunteer?

A: If you are ever unhappy with anything just call the Coordinator who will listen to your concerns and try to resolve the situation.

Q: What if I change my mind?

A:  We will discuss the situation fully with you and your referrer but you can change your mind at any time.

Q: How long can I keep my volunteer?

A: There is no set time limit. The Coordinator will review the situation on a regular basis and when the time is right work towards an agreed ending with you.